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The Governments in Europe project connects ten senior scholars in ten Baltic and East Central Europe countries with Södertörn University in Sweden for the purpose of conducting cutting edge comparative research on the formation and stability of national governments. In particular, the project examines two aspects that have not yet been the subject of scholarly inquiry within the region: coalition governance and specific reasons for cabinet termination.
The European Representative Democracy Data Archive - Release 3.0 - Published Feb 12, 2014
We are now able to present a new release (3.0) of the data set on European cabinets, parliaments and political parties. The data are collected for the study of some of the most important events in representative democracy: the formation and termination of governments. In addition, inspired by Peter Mair’s (1998: 86) statement in A New Handbook of Political Science (Oxford University Press) that “it must surely remain a priority for comparative research to stimulate the collection of systematically comparable data” we have resisted the temptation to code what we first found and instead double-checked multiple sources against each other to establish the best possible coding. Release 2.0 contained new estimates for v007e (code for date out), v700e (total cabinet volatility), v701e (average cabinet volatility) and v708e (cabinet electoral performance). Release 3.0 includes a few corrections, a new variable, majority coalition, v326e_add, and more data on the end dates of the cabinets that formed before or on December 31 2010 (up through December 2013).
May 15, 2012. A new dissertation. For a long period of time the same group of parties dominated Western parliamentary democracies. In the famous words of Lipset and Rokkan (1967) the party systems of Western Europe had frozen. However, beginning in the 1970s the consolidated party systems started to melt. Nowadays, new political parties are an important part of parliamentary democracy. In accordance with this development we present a new dataset regarding new party entrances in Western Europe.
The Comparative Parliamentary Democracy Data Archive - New data added March 2012
The CPD program is devoted to the comprehensive study of West European cabinets and informed by and has contributed greatly to coalition research. The various volumes produced by the CPD program describe every governing coalition, the parliamentary seat distribution, and the institutional rules parliaments operated under from the beginning of the post-World War II to 1999.
This section presents information concerning Nordic politics, such as interviews with Nordic politicians and other useful information on Nordic politics translated to English. This data provides (1) information on the 2011 volume The Madisonian Turn, (2) a recently completed research project about Swedish constitutional reforms and (3) a chronological account of how the Swedish electoral law has changed since World War II.